It was announced two weeks ago that Disney was pulling the plug on the role-playing video game, Marvel Heroes. The move was to take effect on December 31. However, Gazillion has announced that the game servers are shutting down immediately, a month earlier than expected.
Launched in 2013 by Gazillion Entertainment on the PC, Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play MMORPG inspired by Blizzard's Diablo series. The game has been noted for its impressive roster of Marvel characters, which includes heroes and villains associated with the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-Men. The game was later ported to Playstation 4 and Xbox One in June of 2017.
Gazillion has announced the official shutdown of the company, meaning that Marvel Heroes will have to go down prior to the expected date, December 31. Gazillion said in a statement on Twitter that Marvel Heroes will shut down on all platforms, effective immediately. The game's servers have already been taken down.
Gazillion employees have revealed on Twitter that the developers were terminated the day before Thanksgiving, and were given no severance and no PTO. The shutdown came as a result of Marvel's decision to end its relationship with Gazillion. Apparently, Gazillion's success relied on Marvel Heroes, as the game was its only source of revenue.
News of the game's impending shutdown led many players to demand refunds. Most of the outrage came from console players who have only been able to play the game for less than half of a year. Most in-game purchases included playable characters and alternate costumes. All paid content was made free shortly after Gazillion announced that they were shutting down Marvel Heroes.
For some fans, the end of Marvel Heroes wasn't much of a surprise. After adding Loki to the console versions of the game in October, Gazillion oddly went quiet on social media. Fans became more suspicious of the game's future as the developer missed numerous community updates, including their annual Halloween event and movie tie-in content for Thor: Ragnarok. Additionally, Gazillion failed to release the Gladiator Thor pack, which was expected in late October. All of this caused players to wonder if the game's future was in jeopardy.
Their concerns were confirmed when it was reported that the game would be going dark at the end of the year. Unfortunately, Marvel Heroes has already been officially shut down.